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Covid Funds Slip Down Agenda as Congress Bounces Between Crises

May 19, 2022, 9:02 AM

Congressional leaders this week are rushing to tackle one crisis after another, poised to again leave town without new funds for the most deadly among them.

A $10 billion Covid-19 emergency funding package will likely remained stalled until at least mid-June, aides and lawmakers said this week. Replenishing federal coffers to buy more Covid vaccines and antivirals will have to wait. The measure has gotten caught up in a separate partisan battle over immigration.

With continuing war in Ukraine and lingering US baby formula shortages, Democrats also say getting more Covid funding simply isn’t the most pressing issue.

“Everybody is ...